HP EliteBook 1040 – High end look!

I have the opportunity to review the new HP EliteBook 1040. This fine laptop retails for 1439.00 on the HP Store however is on sale for $1299.00. This is not a typical review as I will take this opportunity to match this notebook to my persona. What would Ernesto Pellegrino be looking for if he would be in the market for a laptop and how does the HP EliteBook 1040 match up.

So lets start with the meat and patatoes. I have listed an abstract of the Tech Specs and have provided links for more information below

At an official weigh in of 3.3lbs and at 15.9mm thin, it’s HP thinnest laptop offering.

  • Processor –            Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5-4200U with Intel HD Graphics 4400  (1.6z, 3MB cache, 2 cores)
  • Memory –               4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 4 GB)
  • Memory Slots –      1 SODIMM
  • Drives -                 128 GB mSATA SSD
  • Display –                14” diagonal HD+ anti-glare SVA (1600 x 900)



More Details
Quick Specs Sheet
HP EliteBook 1040 Landing Page

I typically change my laptop every three years so when in the market for a new one I take the time to put together a requirements list. When spending +- $1500 on a laptop and it being my primary business tool it is important to iron out the “Nice to Have” features vs the “Must Have” features. Below. I have provided my key purchasing drivers and matched them up against the HP EliteBook 1040.

 Must Have Features;

  • Weight – As I travel a fair bit, having a laptop less than 4lbs is critical.
  • HP EliteBook – 3.3 lbs
  • Screen Size – Need to work on the plane so must be max 14”
    HP EliteBook – 14”
  • Backlit keyboard – Like to work in bed or while watching TV.
    HP EliteBook – Backlit spill- resistant keyboard
  • Battery Life – Important for those long cross country airplane trips like the HP Discover 2014 event in Las Vegas on June 14th
    HP EliteBook – 6-cell (42 WHr) Polymer Long Life (up to 12 Hrs)
  • HorsePower – I am not a gamer and do not do any 3D rendering so having the latest and greatest CPU is top priority however I could spin up a couple of vms on occation 🙂 Minimum – Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5, 8GB Ram
    HP EliteBook – Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5-4200U with Intel H Graphics 4400 (1.6 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores) and 4GB with 1 SODIMM.
    *Can be Upgraded to 8GB, but only 1 SODIMM.

 Nice to Have Features;

  • Touch Screen – Take advantage of Windows 8.

HP EliteBook – Not included – but Multi-Touch Pad offering. Would of like to see a touch screen included even though it is geared to business users.

  • SSD – Fast Boot times, great when in meetings

HP EliteBook – 128 GB mSATA SSD

HP EliteBook Summary


  • Slim form factor.
  • Anti-glare screen. MIL-SPEC 810G rating.
  • Good solid-state drive (SSD) capacity.


  • No touch screen.
  • VGA and Ethernet on dongle.
  • TouchPad is a thing of the past, at retail $1439 it should include a touchscreen.


The HP Elitebook Folio 1040 business ultrabook is slick, light and has several advanced tech features included as a standard. Great for the business traveler and for someone looking high end laptop look!

Feel free to check out other blog reviews on the HP EliteBook 1040

Absolutely Windows - Shiny New Thing: HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 Ultrabook

ChipChick – http://www.chipchick.com/2014/05/hp-elitebook-folio-1040-review.html

GearDiary - http://geardiary.com/2014/05/17/hp-elitebook-folio-1040-g1-notebook-pc-business-ready/

Techazine - http://www.techazine.com/2014/05/10/elitebook-folio-1040-challenge-attending-ms-teched-with-a-twist/